Racer takes on next desert rally challenge

DESERT RACER: Vanessa Ruck, aka ‘The Girl On A Bike’. Picture: thegirlonabike.com

Langton Green local, Vanessa Ruck, also known as ‘The Girl On A Bike,’ has announced that she is entering into the gruelling 6,500km Africa Eco Race commencing in January 2024.

The TEDx & award-winning motivational speaker, who had a life-changing accident in 2014 after a bike crash, has already completed eight international desert rallies and is now preparing for her most challenging race yet.

Riding on her KTM 450 rally replica, fondly named Big Buddy, Vanessa will embark on the 14-day race that will take her from Monaco to Senegal in Africa.

Back in July, Vanessa became a brand ambassador for Two Wheels for Life, a charity providing healthcare mobility solutions in Africa, and she has revealed to the Times that she plans to head to Gambia with the charity directly from the Dakar finish line to help support the charities activities firsthand.

Vanessa said: “I feel so fortunate to be able to explore the wonders of many parts of Africa while racing. These countries are incredible places to visit, but sadly the health care and transport infrastructure is far from ideal.

“By working with Two Wheels for Life I have the opportunity to give something back to the people in a part of the world where motorcycles and their effective use literally saves lives.”

Through this charitable organisation, she’s also offering a chance for one lucky winner to win a five-star trip to Dakar to witness the end of the race.

To enter  visit: twowheelsforlife.org/news-listing/aer_prize_draw

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